Experimental Film Exposures From the California Wilderness

Gallery Mode

Photographer

Jason Corning

Camera

Pentax K1000

Film

Kodak Portra 160

Back to article
Fallback
Fallback

Experimental Film Exposures From the California Wilderness

San Francisco-based photographer Jason Corning shares a selection of 35mm film photographs made to capture a feeling of time

Experimental Film Exposures From the California Wilderness

Author

Jason Corning

Photographer

Jason Corning

Camera

Pentax K1000

Film

Kodak Portra 160

https://www.fieldmag.com/articles/jason-corning-experimential-35mm-film

The following collection of images were made by Jason Corning over the span of one year by experimenting with double exposures, long exposures, or a combination of both with the intention of capturing the feeling of a moment or place.

The world probably doesn’t need any more photographs.

Lee Friedlander showed us what naked bodies look like. So we can probably stop taking photos of naked bodies now.  

Steve McCurry showed us what people in other countries look like, so we can probably stop taking photos of people in other countries now.

Ansel Adams showed us what Yosemite looks like.  So we can probably stop taking photos of Yosemite now.  

Jason-Corning-experimental-film-11
Jason-Corning-experimental-film-10

Let us calm Edward Abbey’s anxiously spinning corpse and leave all iPhones, selfie sticks, Polaroids, DSLRs with ambitious telephoto lenses, and large format film cameras in a box at the gate. What if we just walked around and looked at everything through our eyeballs?

Why would any of us waste our time with such a narcissistic pursuit—to believe that the world needs OUR photo of El Cap, and not the 2,347,897 others already taken?

With full knowledge and awareness of this stark reality I nevertheless push on, with my dented Pentax K1000, rickety tripod, sticky cable release, and four rolls of Portra 160 in tow.

"I came here to take some photos, dammit, whether this world needs them or not."

Jason-Corning-experimental-film-6

I'm driving around Yosemite Valley under a full moon at 3 A.M. listening to Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” on repeat.

I’m driving around because I’m awake in Yosemite at 3 A.M. and it’s fucking cold. I’m awake because I can’t sleep. I can’t sleep because it’s winter in the Sierras and I didn’t bring a tent, sleeping bag, or hat. And it’s fucking cold.

I came here to take some photos, dammit, whether this world needs them or not. Because I feel weird today and I want to make some weird photos.

And that, I suppose, is what our photos are worth. As long as we’re making photos about how something or someone feels, the world does need them.

Jason-Corning-experimental-film-4

The world doesn’t need any more damn photos of what the Grand Canyon looks like. But, if you happen to be driving past the Grand Canyon at 3 A.M. and you’re feeling a little funky, get out and take a damn photo of the Grand Canyon. Or at any time for that matter. Though, maybe try to leave the shutter open for a little while. Maybe try out some double exposures. Just Try. Anything.

Maybe the world needs one more photo of what the Grand Canyon feels like.

Jason-Corning-experimental-film-8
Jason-Corning-experimental-film-9
Jason-Corning-experimental-film-1
Jason-Corning-experimental-film-2
Jason-Corning-experimental-film-3
Jason-Corning-experimental-film-5
Jason-Corning-experimental-film-7
Fallback
Related articles
Climbing Mount Huntington: A Harrowing Tale of Alaskan Mountaineering
The Exhausting Reality of Climbing Alaska's Most Beautiful Mountain, Mount Huntington

Adventure photographer James Barkman shares a first-hand account of summiting the 12,241' pyramid of rock and ice—central Alaska's most striking peak

A Visual Trip to Maine's Wild & Tourist-Free Mahoosuc Mountain Range
20 Film Photos from Maine's Wild, Tourist-Free Mahoosuc Mountain Range

Far from Acadia and Maine's heavily frequented coast, this lesser known range is filled with lakes, rivers, and endless hiking trails

Exploring British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest on 35mm Film
15 Film Photos of a Weekend Exploring British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest

A picturesque drive, float plane adventure, and sailing excursion are just a few of the Bella Coola Valley's many highlights

Hiking Mount Marcy, New York’s Highest Peak
14 Medium Format Photos From Hiking Mount Marcy, New York’s Highest Peak

A trip report and history lesson from the little known 6-million-acre Adirondack Park, the largest publicly protected natural area in the lower 48

In Search of the Vanishing Ice Border in Greenland's Arctic North
Stunning Film Photography Proves the Threat of Climate Change in Greenland

Following an old Inuit hunting path through towering ice floes and colorful villages to track climate change in the Arctic

Yawn Patrol Photo Book Salutes Surf Culture in New York City
This New Photo Book Celebrates the Real Vibe of New York City Surfing

No towering waves or tropical islands—these 35mm B&W photographs document the intimate moments and ephemeral joys of surfing Rockaway Beach

More articles
Fallback
Fallback